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Facts about digestion , pine nut oil and your body:

Pine nuts are organic and the taste varies from harvest to harvest therefore NO two bottles of The Other Option’s DIGESTIVE REMEDY™ Siberian Pine Oil are exactly the same. There are a number of factors that influence the taste, such as climate and the tree itself.

Each tree produces 12kg of nuts every 1-2 years thereafter. The tree reaches a height of 25 – 44 metres and diameter of 1.8 metres. Siberian pine trees grow for over 500 years but have a lifespan of 800 – 850 years.

A 2009 report in The American Journal of Gastroenterology suggests that PPIs may cause dependency in digestive ailment sufferers by increasing gastric symptoms if they are discontinued.

A 2010 report in The American Journal of Gastroenterology reported on another study where healthy volunteers who were given a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) or placebo for four weeks and then followed for six additional weeks. One week after treatment was stopped, 44% of the PPI recipients reported symptoms of dyspepsia, compared to 9% of the placebo recipients. By the third week, this difference between the two groups had disappeared. The conclusion is that rebound hyperacidity mediated by gastrin hormone secretion occurs following the discontinuation of PPI’s and that one should expect symptoms of hyperacidity to worsen for a week or two after stopping these drugs.

A recent study by the Mayo Clinic found that nearly 30% of the general population suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS can cause a lot of discomfort and distress amongst sufferers. If your body’s digestion is inhibited this prevents the absorption of important nutrients, and can lead to a decline in general health and immunity.

The “feel good” hormone, Serotonin is not only located in our brain but in our gastrointestinal tract too! Another misconception is that Serotonin is known to be a hormone, the “happy hormone” or “feel-good hormone” but it’s actually a neurotransmitter that contains one amino group.

Hydrochloric acid is the same chemical that is used to clean brick paving and galvanize iron. This is probably where the idiom “cast-iron stomach” comes from. The stomach secrets three litres of hydrochloric acid daily through more than 30 million stomach glands

A 1.5 mm (thin) layer of alkaline and viscous mucus protects the stomach from the effects of hydrochloric acid. That’s how fragile the stomach armour is!

Aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs are known to be major stomach irritants, they are also responsible for causing major side effects.

According to Professor Erika Jensen-Jarolim and colleagues at the University of Vienna, regular use of antacids can increase the risk of food allergies.

Medications that reduce acid secretion OR neutralize the acidity within the stomach may set up a situation where harmless food proteins become potential allergens, which can then trigger an immune system response resulting in an allergic reaction.

The gut is highly sensitive and full of nerves, just like the brain. When a stressful or emotional event occurs, it has a significant effect on the digestive system. The body produces cortisol in reaction to stress. This is what is commonly termed the “natural fight or flight” reaction. Extreme stress causes the body to over-produce cortisol to counter these higher stress levels. Excessive cortisol hinders sleep patterns, digestion and metabolism, resulting in stomach disorders and weight gain.

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